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Ice planet (cont.)

The challenge now is how to catalogue the expanse of this landscape, as just one single photograph is not going to be enough to represent its true proportions. The landscape deserves a panorama! Whilst we are determining the composition and setting up the camera, the sun makes some dogged attempts to break through the low hanging cloud cover in several places. This will only improve the contrast in the shot.With a 28mm focus a series of shots is taken over a 180° stretch which will later be stitched into one image with the use of a photo editing program.

After our walk and extensive photo shoot we return to Glacier Camp. We are surprised that tourists hardly come here and we ask Tom why. As Tom hands us all a steaming cup of coffee he tells us that cruise shipping companies regularly approach him about the possibilities of organising excursions to this area. “It doesn’t bear thinking about that hundreds of cruise passengers would come wandering about daily during the summer months, as well as needing me to provide them with an elaborate lunch. Besides, it’s impossible to bring them here by air-boat in large numbers anyway.” “No, this is still a untainted area of nature and I am very careful with the limited license I have been given by the local authority. This is still a piece of paradise on earth and I’d like to keep it that way.”In 1991 Paramount Pictures chose this location to shoot a scene for the film Star Trek VI. Knik Glacier was the setting for the scene in which Captain Kirk and Dr McCoy were rescued from the prison Rura Penthe on the Klingon ice planet. And that is perhaps indeed what this unspoiled and hardly visited area can best be compared with: an ice planet!


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The panorama picture of Knik glacier valley was generated in Photoshop Elements from 5 single shots, photographed with Nikon D3000. Left the Knik glacier and right the Colony glacier and the Lake George glacier.

Saling back to the basecamp

For information of a tour to Knik Glacier Valley